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How it Works 

The Blackhawk Powerhouse uses high-quality, custom-sized capacitors to store and deliver Reactive* energy directly onsite. This energy is applied only when inductive loads like motors, transformers, chargers and fluorescent lights actually need it (video below).

This relieves your utility of the need to continually transmit Reactive energy, thereby reducing both the overall energy you draw from the grid as well as any related transmission fees, penalties or surcharges.

It also helps reduce your peak demand, the upper consumption limit often used to calculate individual utility rates.

Without this kind of conditioning, you will always “consume” and pay for more energy than you actually use.

The Powerhouse generates real savings:

  • Reduces KWHs consumed
  • Reduces peak loads and related costs
  • Reduces equipment maintenance related expenses and down-time
  • Safeguards equipment and sensitive electronics against power surges up to 50,000 volts.

* Reactive energy is one of two types of electrical energy bundled by your utility company (the other is Active energy). Reactive energy is used solely to maintain a magnetic field inside equipment that contains an electromagnet — even when that equipment isn’t working.

PowerPoint Presentation

The Power Factor 

Courtesy ElectroMechanica

Every electrical system performs at some degree of efficiency. The measure of that efficiency is called the Power Factor. High Power Factors mean less wasted energy and greater efficiency.

Power Factor is a ratio of Active Power (power output) to Apparent Power (power supplied) and is generally expressed as a decimal or percentage. Depending on the application, low Power Factors may hover around 60 or 70 percent, while Power Factors produced by the Blackhawk Powerhouse climb closer to 95 percent or better.

That’s what happens when high quality capacitors are introduced to your system. By effectively managing Active and Reactive energies you also add system capacity, improve voltage levels and reduce power losses.

Benefits of Power Factor Correction

In areas where a peak demand clause or some form of low power factor penalty is assessed by your utility the Powerhouse lowers your power bill by reducing kVA or kVAR demand.

If a system has an existing overload, our capacitors may eliminate it. If the system is not overloaded, the Powerhouse releases additional capacity, thereby helping you avoid new investments in more expensive transformers, switchgear and cabling.

Excessive voltage drops can make your motors sluggish and cause them to overheat. Low voltage also interferes with your lights, motor controls and electronics. The Powerhouse maintains more consistent voltage levels throughout your system, including feeder lines right out to the last motor. Overall performance improves — and so does production.

While doing all this, the Powerhouse protects your entire system against power surges up to 50,000 volts. It’s also easy to install and requires no special cooling or maintenance.

Learn more: General Electric | Power Factor

Less Maintenance, Lower Overhead

The Powerhouse reduces overall energy consumption while allowing your equipment to operate at peak efficiencies. You experience fewer mechanical problems, less maintenance, increased equipment life, and lower overhead costs:

  • Potential energy savings of 8-10% or better
  • Surcharge costs reduced or eliminated
  • Fewer voltage drops and low voltage issues
  • Extended equipment life-cycles

Ideal for both sensitive circuitry and heavier applications:

  • Lighting Systems
  • HVAC Systems
  • Refrigeration
  • Pumps and Motors
  • UPS Rooms
  • Master Control Units
  • Data Management Centers
  • And much more ....

Blackhawk Tests

Installations

Benefits Summary

  • Reduced energy consumption and peaks
  • Longer lasting, more efficient equipment
  • Power surge protection up to 50,000 volts
  • Easy install, no maintenance required
  • Smart lease option instant cash return

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Robertson County Tennessee had two separate Powerhouse units installed on two separate distribution panels. This graph shows the savings after just a single month in operation.

This 10-hour test was conducted on a Bekum injection molding machine. During the 5 hours the Powerhouse was turned off, the machine averaged
6 KWHs. With the Powerhouse turned on, the machine averaged 4 KWHs — a 33% savings.

This graph demonstrates power consumption before and after the Powerhouse was installed in a large residential home. After installation, the homeowner happily realized an average savings of over 50% on his monthly power bills.

After the Powerhouse was installed Robertson County Tennessee monitored 2 of their pumps which showed a dramatic decrease in operating temperatures, adding to the pumps’ life-cyle
while reducing maintenance and related costs.

The Bekum injection molding machine employs 3 main motors: pump, top and conveyor. With cleaner, more consistent Powerhouse power, they operate with less strain, produce less heat, last longer and cost less to maintain.

Robertson County Tennessee tested the voltage between phases on one of its 20 ton HVAC units operating with an 11% phase imbalance. After the Powerhouse was installed, the unit balanced out
at just 0.6%, reducing noise, vibration and wear
and tear.

During the GE conducted study in VI-JON Laboratories’ UPS Room, Reactive Energy
drawn from the grid dropped 57%, thus
reducing its inherent systemic waste and
the associated costs.

During the GE study at VI-JON Laboratories, a significant increase in the observed Power Factor percentage was recorded. Power Factor is the ratio
of Real Power to Apparent Power. The ideal is a Power Factor of one (1).

During a GE conducted study at a KFC franchise, the outlet registered 2.78% less total current and 2.64% less Apparent Power consumed with the Powerhouse turned ON for 1-hour during lunch.

Plant Breaker Panel
Powerhouse 480
60 kVAR capacitance

Motor Control Center
Powerhouse 480
15 kVAR capacitance

Coating Equipment Compressors
Dual Powerhouse 480s
12.5 kVAR capacitance per